Domestic abuse campaign in Wales warns on ‘crossing the line’

Viewers online will be invited to click at the point where someone has ‘crossed the line’

A domestic abuse TV campaign is inviting viewers to spot the warning signs where someone appears to "cross the line" from banter to abuse.

The adverts show a man belittling his partner in a pub, and a woman in a restaurant being distracted by phone calls and texts from her partner.

Public Services for Wales, Minister Leighton Andrews said "emotional abuse" needed to be recognised and tackled.

Tighter laws to prevent domestic abuse were recently passed by the Welsh Assembly.

For more on this story, visit BBC News for Wales:


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Council awarded national quality mark for parenting programme

Shropshire Council is celebrating after being awarded the CANparent Quality Mark from the Department of Health for its ‘Understanding Your Child’ parenting programme.

The CANparent Quality Mark is the only quality standard that has been developed for the parenting sector, by the parenting sector. It’s awarded to organisations who are developing or delivering universal parenting classes.

Shropshire Council’s ‘Understanding Your Child’ programme offers parenting workshops and groups which provide easy to implement, proven parenting solutions that can support families to understand their children’s behaviour, improving relationships and prevent future problems before they arise.

For more on this story, visit Shropshire Council Newsroom:


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Domestic Violence victims in China could benefit from new protective laws

China stands on the verge of passing a landmark new domestic violence law, a victory decades in the making that owes much to the extraordinary, and very different, stories of two battered women whose suffering helped prompt a national debate.

Both women were initially turned away by the police when they went for help; both were advised that their wounds were a “family matter” better addressed at home. At that point, however, their stories diverged dramatically.

One, an American woman with a celebrity Chinese husband, did not take no for answer: she won public support and ended up winning a divorce in a highly publicised court case.

The other, an ordinary Chinese woman, struggled in obscurity, finally becoming so desperate she killed her husband and was sentenced to death. She became well known only as she sat on death row.

For the full story visit The Guardian website:


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Campaign aims to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

A campaign that aims to encourage hotels, nightclubs, taxi firms and local communities to recognise and report signs of child sexual exploitation has been launched by Shropshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB).

“Say Something if you See Something” is a tried and tested national campaign, aimed at the commercial sector. It is expected to reach hotels, nightclubs, transport operators, retailers and leisure premises.

However, the SSCB – whose members include Shropshire Council, West Mercia Police and representatives from across the health economy – also aims to raise awareness in local communities to enable the public to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and know how to report their concerns.

For more information visit Shropshire Newsroom:


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Male domestic violence victim: ‘I never imagined something like this would happen to me’

A male victim of horrendous domestic abuse has come forward to show his scars, telling men: “Being attacked by a woman is nothing to be ashamed of.” Ken Gregory, 65, suffered first and second degree burns to 14 per cent of his body last March after his now ex-wife Teresa Gilbertson, 60, tipped a kettle of boiling water over the back of his head.

Mr Gregory, a former BT manager from Peterborough, met Gilbertson seven years ago following the death of his first wife of 30 years.

On the anniversary of her death, Mr Gregory intended to visit her grave but he and Gilbertson argued, eventually agreeing to divorce. It was then that Gilbertson, who is now awaiting sentencing for a conviction of serious bodily harm, went to make a cup of tea but instead returned with a jug of boiling water – which she poured over her husband’s head.

Copyright PA Former BT manager Ken Gregory

Copyright PA Former BT manager Ken Gregory

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Domestic Violence against men Billboard campaign

A billboard for the Canadian Association for Equality claims that half of domestic violence victims are men.

The Billboard spotlighting male victims shows a man cowering and covering his ears as a woman stands above him shouting aggressively.

The text on the billboard claims half of all domestic abuse victims are men and also claims there are no domestic shelters for male victims of domestic abuse.

The billboard is the work of a group called the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) which, at a  recent news conference, said it wants to “shine a light” on the male victims of domestic violence.

‘Policies should be built on facts rather than bound by ideologies.’- CAFE president Justin Trottier

For the full story in Toronto, Canada:


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‘The Dress’ Advert – raising awareness of what?

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In response to the Salvation Army using the ‘The Dress’ to raise awareness of Domestic Violence, there have been some interesting questions raised about this by Natalie Collins, a gender justice specialist.

Natalie points out that:

‘The advert shows a blonde white woman, lying in a vaguely “sexy” pose, pouting with vacant eyes. She is wearing The Dress, her eye is black with bruising, her lip is cut and her legs and knees are bruised.’

And raises this issue that the advert may have got people talking about domestic abuse, but states that it has not changed the conversation about abuse.

Natalie continues to say that the advert hasn’t enabled people to understand the issue more or challenged the myths about abuse. In fact, Natalie raises concerns that it has reinforced at least six deeply problematic messages about abuse.

The first message is that the offender remains invisible – the message should be “Stop men’s abuse of women”, instead the message is: “Stop abuse of women”. When we make domestic abuse about women’s suffering, we remove the responsibility from the perpetrator. See a powerful TED Talk from Jackson Katz which explains this point fully:

For the full story containing all six of the list of concerning messages identified by Natalie, including the fact that most domestic abuse is not physical and where injuries occur these are hidden, visit:


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‘The Dress’ used by Salvation Army to raise awareness of domestic abuse

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The Salvation Army has utilised the popularity of ‘The Dress‘ debate to launch a campaign against domestic violence.

The charity has produced an image portraying a young woman covered in bruises, wearing a white and gold version of the dress.

The advert asks: “Why is it so hard to see black and blue” and the caption underneath reads: “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.”

For the full story visit the website for The Independent:


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International Women’s Day – 5 statistics you need to know

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the Office for National Statistics have shared a range of statistics exploring the changing lives of women – as well as highlighting areas where inequality still exists.

The 5 statistics are as follows:

1. There are more women graduates and fewer women with no qualifications in 2014 compared to previous years.

2. The average age of women (at first birth) was 28.3 in 2013.

3. Women are more likely than men to report feeling depressed or anxious. However, they also feel happier and more satisfied with their life than men.

4. Women are more likely than men to be killed by their partners

5. Women have a higher life expectancy than men, but the gap has been narrowing over time

For more information or to download the data, visit the ONS Website:


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